The power of one bryce courtenay
Sponsored Links
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
1 / 10

The Power of One Bryce Courtenay PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

The Power of One Bryce Courtenay. Tylia Johnson Period 6 17 May 2013. Bryce Courtenay. Born 14 August 1933 in Limpopo, South Africa Attended one of the most prestigious schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, The Prince of Wales school.

Download Presentation

The Power of One Bryce Courtenay

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript

The power of one bryce courtenay

The Power of OneBryce Courtenay

Tylia Johnson

Period 6

17 May 2013

Bryce courtenay

Bryce Courtenay

  • Born 14 August 1933 in Limpopo, South Africa

  • Attended one of the most prestigious schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, The Prince of Wales school.

  • He was branded a communist at the age of 17 for teaching Africans how to read and write, he was thrown out the country

  • At the age of 50 he quit his job and created his own agency, Harris Robinson Courtenay



  • Symbolic

  • *Use symbols to enhance characters and meaning of story as whole

  • Thematic

  • *Gradually reveals life lessons throughout the story

  • Cultural

  • *Utilizes real political and societal issues

1980 s


  • *The effect of the Richard Nixon scandal

  • *Attempt of assassination on Reagan

  • *War between Mozambique and South Africa

  • *Collapse of the Apartheid in Africa

Setting of the novel

Setting of the Novel

  • Takes place roughly between 1939 and 1951, World War II period and the beginning of the apartheid era

  • Book One and Two take place in South Africa while Book Three takes place in Northern Rhodesia

Major characters

Major Characters

  • Peekay; main character; protagonist; obtains the power of one

  • The Judge; antagonist; beats Peekay down mentally and physically during his boarding school days; defeated by Peekay

  • Doc; significant mentor; strong relationship with Peekay; teaches Peekay to be himself and embrace who he is

  • Geel Piet; Peekay’s boxing trainer; close friend; his life lessons led to the defeat of The Judge

  • Hoppie; the reason Peekay began to box; “First with the head, then with the heart”

  • Morris Levy; teaches Peekay the tricks and ways of gambling; partner at the Prince of Wales; he learns about black people through Peekay



  • The Slow Poison of the Apartheid

  • The Importance of Camouflage for Survival

  • The Necessary Existence of Logic and Magic

  • Big vs. Small



  • The Snake; “hatless snake”; cause Peekay shame and embarrassment; later becomes the symbol for Peekay’s transformation; the end of the novel the black mamba snake becomes a symbol for danger; foreshadows

  • The Loneliness Birds; foreshadows a turning point in the growth of Peekay; appears after a death

  • The Full Moon; symbolizes death; can also symbolize birth; significant in last scene

  • “Tadpole Angel”; symbol of hope for blacks

Major conflicts

Major Conflicts

  • Peekay v. The Judge; controls Peekay; abuses Peekay leaving him scarred and afraid to be himself; Peekay is victorious over The Judge in final scene

  • Peekay v. Peekay; does not allow the camouflage to be removed; with the help of mentors he learns who he is



  • "Collapse of Apartheid." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <>.

  • Courtenay, Bryce. The Power of One. Toronto: MacArthur &, 1999. Print.

  • Nelson, Elizabeth. "The Power of One Themes." N.p., 12 Aug. 2007. Web. 17 May 2013. <>.

  • "Welcome to the World of Bryce Courtenay." The World of Bryce Courtenay. Penguin Group, n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <>.

  • Login